Mr. Anwarul Hoda

Mr. Anwarul Hoda

Honorary Chair Professor

of ICRIER’s Trade Policy and WTO Research Programme

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A former civil servant, Mr. Anwarul Hoda joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1962. A substantial part of his career in the government has been spent in assignments related to Trade Policy.During the period 1974-81 and again 1985-93, he worked in the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, and the last post held by him was Special Secretary in the Ministry. Throughout this period his main responsibility was multilateral trade negotiations under the auspices of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. He was the Chief Policy Coordinator in the Government of India during the Uruguay Round (1986-93).In 1993 he was appointed Deputy Director General ICITO/GATT and in 1995 he took over as Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization, and in which position he continued till 1999. During this tenure as Deputy Director General in ICITO/GATT and the WTO he was responsible for the Market Access, Agriculture and Commodities, and Rules Divisions. He chaired the Legal Drafting Committee for the WTO Agreement, the Tariff Committee for the verification of the results and the Committee on the Information Technology Agreement.
From 2004 to 2009 he was a Member of the Planning Commission, Government of India in the rank of Minister of State in the Union Government. As a member of the Planning Commission his responsibilities included International Trade Industry, Transport, Infrastructure and Urban Developments. He submitted several reports including those on Mineral Policy, Improving the Competitiveness of India’s Services Sector and Cutting Logistics Costs.
From 2009 till date he is Chair Professor, Trade Police and WTO Research Programme at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He is also a member of the Governing Board of ICRIER.
He has written extensively on trade policy matters during the last three decades. A list of selected publications is given below.


  1. Developing Countries in the International Trading System (Allied, 1987)
  2. Tariff Negotiations and Renegotiations under the GATT and the WTO (Cambridge University Press, 2001)
  3. WTO Agreement & Indian Agriculture (Social Science Press, 2002)
  4. WTO Negotiations on Agriculture and Developing Countries (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007) with A. Gulati. Monographs
  5. Special and Differential Treatment in agricultural negotiations. In Agricultural policy reform and WTO: Where are we heading? in 2003 with A.Gulati. Ed. G. Anania et al. Cheltenham, England: Edward Elgar.
  6. Special Products: Options for Negotiating Modalities, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva, Issue Paper No 3, July 2005.
  7. Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures: Need for Clarification and Improvement’ (2005) 39 Journal of World Trade pp. 1009-1069 with Rajeev Ahuja.
  8. Is the GSP Scheme of the EU benefiting India’s Exports? co-author with Shravani Prakash, ICRIER Policy Series No.6, November, 2011.
  9. Is the US GSP Scheme Benefiting India’s Trade? co-author with Shravani Prakash, ICRIER Policy Series No.7, November, 2011.
  10. Dispute Settlement in the WTO, Developing Countries and India, ICRIER Policy Series No. 15, April, 2012.Working Papers
  11. With Suchi Bansal, Transparency in Government Procurement, ICRIER, April 2004.
  12. With Monika Verma, Market Access Negotiations on Non-Agricultural Products: India and the Choice of Modalities, ICRIER, June 2004.